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Houses along the beach
Houses along the beach
Urville-Nacqueville is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg-Octeville
Canton Beaumont-Hague
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de la Hague
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Yveline Druez
Area1 11.58 km2 (4.47 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,217
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50611 / 50460
Elevation 0–148 m (0–486 ft)
(avg. 38 m or 125 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Urville-Nacqueville is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France. It is an amalgam of two pre-existing villages, which were both heavily damaged by Allied bombardments during World War II (close to a radar station, Nacqueville was almost obliterated, and its church was dynamited by the German army in 1944).

The village was originally about 1 km inland, with only a few fishing huts on the long beach. In the beginning of the 20th century, the coastal strip was developed as a resort, along with a picturesque 'Village Normande' (totally destroyed in WWII) for tourists next to the original hamlet. Suburban infill then gave the village of Urville-Nacqueville its current footprint.

Points of interest (formatting and references to follow) To the east there is the 16th-century Chateau de Nacqueville in a landscaped park. To the west there is the 16th-century Manoir du Dur Ecu (a donjon was added later for effect) built on the site of a Roman villa. Urville-Nacqueville and its beach were the site of the last hostile British landing in August 1758, the raid on Cherbourg. English forces had previously landed in 1522 to pillage and lay waste to the area [1] The long sandy beach is bounded by a Napoleonic fort on a rocky promontory, with another Napoleonic fort and battery on the outcrops immediately above the village. Both were adapted and utilised by the Germans during WWII as part of the Atlantic Wall. The WWII fuel supply line, PLUTO (PipeLine Under The Ocean - see Operation Pluto), made landfall at Urville-Nacqueville.


Arms of Urville-Nacqueville
The arms of Urville-Nacqueville are blazoned :
Gules, a leopard Or, armed and langued gules, in chief 2 gothic capital letters, U and N, Or.

See also


  1. Robinson, John (1824). History of England by Hume and Smollet abridged and continued to the reign of George V. Google e-book. p. 180.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>